The Global Co Lab Network and its collaborator this year, the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, are delighted to announce this year’s winners of the 2019 Teens Dream Video Competition where 130 teens globally submitted short videos up to 2 minutes on their dreams as they relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Earth Optimism, specifically positive solutions to addressing our global sustainable challenges!  Our nine Winners came from Spain, Turkey, UAE, Uganda and across the USA, specifically Colorado, California, Washington, and Michigan.   See our winners and their dreams below and the winners’ videos.  Each winner receives $100 and the opportunity to be matched with a mentor and honored at a celebration in Washington DC in the Fall and also showcased at the Smithsonian’s Digital Earth Optimism Summit in late April.  We will later announce our Grand Prize Winner who will get $500 – stay tuned!  We hope winners will join with interested teens globally to engage on SDG action in virtual rooms  – our Dream Hubs!  Winners below and their videos here:

Laia Martinoy Batlle – Catalonia, Spain

My dream is to stop hunger by saving the food we are wasting now, which supports SDG #12 on Responsible Consumption and Production 

Ryan Song – Auburn, Washington, USA

My dream is that we all work together to have a big impact to save our planet, which supports SDG # 13 on Climate Action 

Kristina Smolianinova – Abu Dhabi, UAE

My dream is to provide valuable education for all children, critical for most humans to improve lifestyle, which supports SDG #4 on Quality Education

Samuel Parker Celico – Denver Colorado, USA

My dream is to see cities design tiny housing, aligning with SDG #11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities

Junya Tomonari – Oakland County, Michigan, USA

My dream is that all realize the importance of addressing mental health issues, which aligns with SDG #3 on Good Health and Well-being.

Ceren Nur Polat – Turkey

My dream is that we have a genderless society, in alignment with SDG #5 Gender Equality

Claire Cohen – Orange County, California, USA

My dream is to stop the pollution that is destroying the coral reefs which could lead to endangerment of all marine life, supporting SDG # 14 Life Below Water.

Muweera Joseph – Uganda

My dream is an education system based on project-based learning, in line with SDG #4 on Quality Education.

Magal Brunner – Girona, Catalonia, Spain

My dream is to erase loneliness of elders by bringing together the elderly with the young, relating to SDG #3, Good Health and Well-being.